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This is a detailed analysis of 103 Japanese science fiction, horror and fantasy feature films released theatrically or directly to television in the United States from 1950 through 1992. Each entry provides a plot synopsis, critique, background on the production, contemporary review quotes, and a comparison between the U.S. and Japanese versions. The filmography is arrange This is a detailed analysis of 103 Japanese science fiction, horror and fantasy feature films released theatrically or directly to television in the United States from 1950 through 1992. Each entry provides a plot synopsis, critique, background on the production, contemporary review quotes, and a comparison between the U.S. and Japanese versions. The filmography is arranged by studio and includes American and Japanese titles, release dates and releasing studios; comprehensive production and cast credits; running time; U.S. rating (when appropriate); and alternate titles.


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This is a detailed analysis of 103 Japanese science fiction, horror and fantasy feature films released theatrically or directly to television in the United States from 1950 through 1992. Each entry provides a plot synopsis, critique, background on the production, contemporary review quotes, and a comparison between the U.S. and Japanese versions. The filmography is arrange This is a detailed analysis of 103 Japanese science fiction, horror and fantasy feature films released theatrically or directly to television in the United States from 1950 through 1992. Each entry provides a plot synopsis, critique, background on the production, contemporary review quotes, and a comparison between the U.S. and Japanese versions. The filmography is arranged by studio and includes American and Japanese titles, release dates and releasing studios; comprehensive production and cast credits; running time; U.S. rating (when appropriate); and alternate titles.

37 review for Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films: A Critical Analysis of 103 Features Released in the United States, 1950-1992

  1. 4 out of 5

    James Hold

    In 1985 I saw the Friday night release of GODZILLA 1985 at the local theater. It wasn't the best picture ever but it was entertaining, had a good storyline, and some great special effects. The next Monday, Leonard Maltin reviewed the movie on the Today show and... it was plain he never saw the movie as he described scenes that never took place and condemned the effects work as amateurish. Needless to say I never paid attention to anything by Maltin again. Really, don't go out and 'review' unless In 1985 I saw the Friday night release of GODZILLA 1985 at the local theater. It wasn't the best picture ever but it was entertaining, had a good storyline, and some great special effects. The next Monday, Leonard Maltin reviewed the movie on the Today show and... it was plain he never saw the movie as he described scenes that never took place and condemned the effects work as amateurish. Needless to say I never paid attention to anything by Maltin again. Really, don't go out and 'review' unless you actually watch it, you phony bastard. Which brings me to Galbraith's book which is precisely about the short scrift Japanese fantasy movies receive in Western eyes and how they are so often seen as jokes by critics who, if they view them at all, do not make an effort to undersatnd them or appreciate the work that goes into making them. (One of his frequent gripes is people watching the English dubbed versions claiming the Japanese cast 'can't act'. Honestly, what morons. Galbraith gives credit where it's due but at the same time does not hesitate to criticize where necessary. Plus he actually watched the movies he's covering. This is a MacFarland book which means it's not cheap, but if you want an incisive and sincere look at these movies, Galbraith (along with Kalat) give you the best perspective on them. And as for Maltin, my advice is to take your movie guides and toss them in the garbage since there's a good chance he never watched half the films he covers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barry Harding

    One of the finest book on Japanese cinema and Kaiju genre.

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